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The American Medical Association and AARP Team Up to Keep Seniors Healthy

The American Medical Association and the AARP jointly released a new brochure called Team Up to Stay Healthy to explain important preventive services (that are now covered at no additional cost thanks to the Affordable Care Act) to Medicare beneficiaries and how they can take advantage of them.

In addition to receiving many preventive services with no deductible, copayment, or fee required, Medicare beneficiaries will have two types of physician visits available to them at no cost: the Welcome to Medicare visit and the yearly wellness visit. The first type of visit must happen within the first 12 months of enrollment, and the other can be scheduled once a year. The brochure details how to prepare for these appointments and what to ask the doctor. During these visits, seniors can make a health plan with their physician and figure out which no-cost screenings, such as cardiovascular and diabetes screenings, and no-cost shots, such as flu and pneumonia shots, they might need during the year.

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